Evangelia Kranioti | Brasil, France, Greece 2018 | 60 Min. | OmeU
Obscuro Barroco is a documentary-fiction about the dizzying heights of gender and metamorphosis. It is also a cinematographic hommage to a land of extremes, the city of Rio de Janeiro. Following the path of iconic transgender figure Luana Muniz (1961-2017), the film explores different quests for the self; through transvestism, carnaval and political struggle. In turn, it asks questions about the desire for transformation of the body, both intimate and social. Each frame an expressive pleasure in a film that leaves us breathing hard and enchanted.
Production: Tropical Underground
Image, Sound: Evangelia Kranioti
Editing: Yorgos Lamprinos
Sound Design, Foley, Re-Recording mix: Jérôme Gonthier
Production Secretary: Christina Lekkaki
PR, Press: Annie Maurette
68th Berlinale Panorama, (world premiere) DE
TDF Thessaloniki International Documentay Festival, GR
Istanbul International Film Festival, TU
Beldocs International Documentary Festival, SE
CineDoc Athens French Institute, GR
HOT DOCS Toronto, CA
Teddy Jury Award – Berlinale
Best International Documentary Feature – Guanajuato International Film Festival
Evangelia Kranioti is a Greek-born director and visual artist based in Paris, working with film, photography and installations. She has studied law at the National and Kapodistrian university of Athens (1997-01), piano at the National conservatory of Athens (1987-01), visual arts at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs of Paris (2002-07) and cinema at Le Fresnoy–Studio national des arts contemporains in France (2012-14). She is currently developing the screenplay of her debut feature fiction film at the Atelier Scénario of La Fémis in Paris.
The recipient of various grants and prizes (Loop-Barcelona award, and the Hyères special jury photography prize among others), her artistic work is regularly showcased internationally (Biennale of Moving Images, Palazzo Grassi, Palais de Tokyo, ACFNY, Centre d’art contemporain Geneva, Paris Photo, FAENA art, etc). Her debut documentary feature Exotica, Erotica, Etc. premiered at the Berlinale Forum 2015 and screened in film festivals worldwide, receiving numerous awards: the Emerging International Filmmaker Award at the Toronto Hot Docs IFF, the Audience award for Best Documentary at the Films de Femmes Créteil IFF, the Fathy Farag Prize at the Film Critics’ Week of the Cairo IFF and two Iris awards from the Hellenic Film Academy, (Best Documentary & Best Newcomer) among others.